United Kingdom-based (and Jamaica-born) poet Ita Gooden has found herself on the starting blocks with the Olympics fast approaching, but she won't be making any dashes for a medal. Instead, the qualified nurse and midwife will be putting poetry into motion after winning a chance to write a verse for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Jamaica has a rich history and as we celebrate 50 years of Independence, we take a look back at how we got here. With the kind assistance of the Institute of Jamaica, 'Objects from our Past' will highlight a total of 50 objects which are part of the Institute of Jamaica's collection.
Three years ago, Veronica Carnegie started tutoring an adult writer's class, at Jamaica College in St Andrew, to provide people with an outlet for expressing their thoughts and emotions. Senior citizens were encouraged to join the class and share their stories.
Artist Thomas Kinkade once said that he had something in common with Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell: He wanted to make people happy. And he won success with brushwork paintings that focused on idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches - highly popular works that became big sellers for dealers across the United States.
Kieran Shields creates a pitch perfect atmosphere in The Truth of All Things, a tale set in Portland, Maine, during the summer of 1892. Two hundred years earlier in Salem, Mass, the Salem witch trials brought about a period of paranoia and insecurity.
The Enlightened Cyclist aspires to be a kind of bible for bicycle commuters, who will read it, laugh, weep and identify with almost every detail. It's also the kind of book that motorists and pedestrians should read but probably won't, either because they just don't care and/or because they just outright hate cyclists.
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Jamaica, we present an essay from the catalogue of 'Barrington: A Retrospective', now on show at the National Gallery, the Bank of Jamaica and the Olympia Art Centre through April 29, 2012.